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Jayda Strait Honored As MDA Ambassador


Jayda Strait & Jenny McGahan pose after Strait receives MDA ambassador position.

Jayda Strait, 6, of Sidney, MT was honored at an assembly at West Side Elementary School on April 4, as the 2017 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Ambassador for the state of Montana.

Each year one child from the ages of 6-17 who is registered with the MDA is chosen to represent the association as their state ambassador. Duties include attending fundraising events to support the MDA. Other events intended to raise awareness are MDA Muscle Walks and black-tie galas.

Muscular dystrophy is defined as a group of neuromuscular disorders that weaken and break down skeletal muscles over a period of time. This leads to the limitation of mobility, oftentimes confining those with muscular dystrophy to wheelchairs.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, with the aid of research grants and public funds, seeks to find treatments through research, as well as assist children who are struggling with the disease. This includes providing equipment, such as wheelchairs, and sending the children to summer camp to meet other children with the disorder.

Jenny McGahan, Executive Director at the Billings, MT office since 2012, was present at West Side Elementary School to present Jayda with the title of MDA Ambassador, as well as answer questions Jayda's schoolmates had about the disorder.

Jayda was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 3 (SMA). This is defined as a genetic disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary muscle movement. Jayda, receiving an exuberant round of applause from her classmates, beamed as she received a bouquet of flowers during the assembly. She lists Zebras as her favorite animal, and reading books as a favorite hobby. In school her favorite subject is math, and she enjoys playing games, as well as outside activities. She enjoys puzzles and being a member of the Girl Scouts.

Jenny McGahan may be reached at her Billings office at (406) 655-9000.


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